I’m honestly not sure if I can help myself. But I do know that I just don’t want to. What’s the fun in that? Witchcraft to me is about joy and childlike wonder at the unknowns of the universe, and all of these extras are what give it LIFE. So today! I’m going to show you my divination setup and today’s reading. My Pendulum wanted nothing to do with this mess and is still happily chilling in its quiet corner, so I’m thinking we’ll do introductions later 😂
This is today’s setup. My lead-up to the actual reading is just as important to me as the spread itself. I find it hard to focus my mind, and creating a ritual with specific actions, scents, and sounds helps me reach that space (with varying degrees of success. I was horribly distracted during my shuffling today and sometimes you just have to let that be part of the process.). So I have my cast iron cauldron (I found mine on Etsy!) with a charcoal tablet, and my own incense blend that I found the recipe for in my witch’s almanac. I also have other loose incense and resins I can use when I’m getting low on my own or if I want to change things up! I have a purple candle for divinatory and magical vibes, and I love using the small candles because they usually burn down perfectly in time for my readings to end (I’m still learning, so my readings tend to take a WHILE). When I do a rune casting I use a red candle, but most of the time any sort of flame gets me in the right headspace. I use meditation mist to add that perfect scent cloud, and roll the protection oil over my third eye to create a feeling of safety around my readings (I don’t know if that’s an actual “thing” in witchy lore, but it feels right to me and THAT’S definitely a thing). I also sometimes put on a meditation sound, like chimes or a singing bowl, if I’m having particular trouble with distractive thoughts. And then comes the chaos…
If that whole ritual wasn’t dramatic enough, of COURSE I can’t just use one deck/rune set in my spreads. Ok, that’s also being dramatic. 😂 I can just use one deck or rune set in a reading, and frequently do, but my preference is to use a mixture. I usually use a main deck for the center spread and then add single cards/runes to spice up and clarify the reading. The spread that I am currently using in the morning also suggests using an Oracle card in the advice position for greater clarity of the reading. I’m an Aries through and through and the chaos and dynamic nature of doing a reading like this speaks to my soul in a very real way.
And now for the reading! I tried to sharpen it as much as possible but my Linestrider deck is a mini deck and hard to see in the camera, so just trust me on it 😆 If a card jumps out during shuffling and I don’t think it’s just because I’m being klutzy (most of the time it’s because I’m being klutzy), then I’ll set it aside and continue shuffling. I then incorporate that card into my understanding of the whole picture. The Goal card from my Oracle deck did just that today, so it’s been added to the spread.
Sometimes you’re doing a reading for yourself and you think you’re getting a general idea of your day. You look at the cards and start the reading thinking that it’s talking about different people and influences on your life, and you get to the end and they’re just there like hahahahahahahaha nah bitch, it’s all you! And then you have to go back and reread everything because now you get it, and the things you were confused about now seem like an arrow straight into your SOUL. Yeah, that was my morning and this reading 😂
I can’t even begin to go into individual card details with all this pinpointed insight, so I’m just going to do my overview. The cards are telling me to start this new chapter in my life and GO FOR IT, and not to let my own self sabotage get in the way. Self sabotage was a common theme among a few cards and I’ve never felt more seen! 😭 You might have noticed a strong female presence in this spread, and they were telling me that I need to cultivate my softer, feminine side and to also remember the interests and energy of my youth, which will bring me success in all aspects of life but especially relationships. It speaks of letting the lessons and pain from the past strengthen, instead of harden me. Also a very strong reminder to embrace all aspects of myself so that I may do the same for others and allow their support of me. I’m also being told that I need to accept an imperfect situation, and work through it to the realization of my goals. It’s heavy on telling me to trust my intuition. Oh, and a VERY pointed telling off about not running away from things/situations/people 😬 This spread is a LOT and I’m still learning it all myself, but I’m very slowly becoming less and less surprised when my readings are just right.
I guess the magical corners of the universe can be pretty cool sometimes 😄